Community Service



Forbes "30 Under 30" Alum Dan Maren, '11, Discusses Creativity, Service, and Action (CAS) at Dwight and How it Changed his Perspective on Helping the World

Dwight is committed to leadership training, service learning, and community service. Through academic, civic, team, and individual exploration, students develop valuable leadership skills and perform local and global community service that will help them succeed in the next phase of their lives as students, community members, and world leaders.

Each year, Dwight students are involved in dozens of different community service projects, including WISER (Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research). Dwight was selected as one of three Lead Partner Schools for this non-profit organization, which built the first girls’ boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Leadership through service is woven into nearly every aspect of a Dwight education.

CAS and Service & Action

Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to engage in meaningful community service, participate in physical activities, and explore their creativity. Dwight School believes that these are important components of an IB education and personal development. In keeping with our mission and the IB curriculum, we have a Service & Action (community service) requirement for all students in grades 9 and 10, and a CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) requirement for all students in grades 11 and 12.

Kindergarten and Lower School (Grades K-5)

Students in grades k-5 participate in class projects and are invited to age-appropriate, on-campus community service events.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Students in grades 6-8 participate in class projects and are invited to age-appropriate, on-campus community service events. Middle School students also have the opportunity to join several after-school service clubs, and participate in a grade-wide service mornings.

Upper School (Grades 9 & 10)

Students in grades 9 and 10 are required to complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of community service over a two-year period, and to correctly document what they have learned from their participation through written reflections and submitting evidence on their ManageBac accounts. Students who enter Dwight in grade 10 are only required to correctly document and reflect on fifteen (15) hours of community service.

Community service hours performed the summer before entering grade 9 may be credited toward one’s hours once they have been documented in the student’s ManageBac account. Participation in activities, events, and service trips that are not Dwight-sponsored counts toward the fulfillment of one’s required hours. Hours accumulated in Dwight after-school activity service clubs are also acceptable for community service credit.

Upper School (Grades 11 & 12)

Diploma Program (DP) candidates are required to participate for 18 months in meaningful creativity, activity, and service (CAS) activities outside of the classroom IB curriculum. These may include both activities that are completed at and/or outside of Dwight.

Diploma candidates must also initiate a collaborative project with at least one other diploma candidate that includes at least one of the three core areas of CAS and is ongoing for at least one month.

Although there is no official minimum number of required hours, candidates are expected to have averaged a few hours a week when meeting the program’s requirements. Each candidate is required to have three CAS progress meetings (called interviews) per year with their advisor documented on their ManageBac account.

DP candidates are required to plan, set personal goals, show evidence of what they have accomplished, document their progress, and reflect on each activity and on their CAS project in their ManageBac account. To be eligible for an IB diploma, DP candidates entering Dwight in grade 12 are required to complete the entire CAS program.

Candidates may begin their CAS activities the summer following grade 10. Hours accumulated in Dwight School after school activities may be credited if they have met the CAS activity eligibility standard.

Kate Zolotkovsky

CAS and SA Coordinator

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